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FUTA Credit Reduction Notices

On a stormy night in November 2010, most Connecticut businesses received a tax notice. The notices continued to arrive every November for the next 5 years and then mysteriously stopped. Similar notices were reported in Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Vermont, and many other states.
 

What were these mysterious notices, affecting over half 

Lunch Breaks: Federal and State Rules

Here’s some food for thought: survey data shows that nearly a third of U.S. workers skip lunch. Of those that actually do take a meal break, 34 percent eat at their desk. Though much has been made about Americans’ apparent “failure to lunch,” what do employment laws have to say on the matter?
 

4 Ways to Calculate Commission

Salespeople are a different breed of worker, and that’s particularly true when it comes to running their payroll. In addition to a base salary, most individuals in the profession might be paid what’s called commission, or an amount directly tied to the amount or value of a sale they’ve made.
 

Employee Bonuses 101

There is a lot to be aware of when it comes to bonuses. From who receives them to who signs the check, it’s important to establish a standard process that clearly outlines each and every step along the way. Small HR teams have a lot on their plate already, so bonus season can seem even more time consuming and chaotic. To help, we’ve compiled four essential elements to consider when setting up a bonus system.

How to Change Pay Frequencies

As companies grow, there are plenty of reasons to change from semimonthly to biweekly payroll frequencies, or weekly to monthly, or any combination of the above. Regardless of the prevalence of these changes, switching pay frequencies involves a lot more than just the flip of a switch.
 

Fielding the Most Common Payroll Questions

“When’s payday?” Simple as it sounds, we all know there are no easy questions in HR. For most U.S. companies, payday is a biweekly affair. Others offer alternative frequencies such as weekly, semimonthly, and monthly. The distinctions between each cycle can often lead to questions, particularly for new hires used to a different payment schedule.

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Everything to Know About the Form W-4

Whether it’s a marriage or break up, people tend to share life updates on social media. Aside from the general public, there’s one other party that needs to be in the know: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Enter the Form W-4, the agency’s window into your employees’ lives.

10 Fun Facts About Payroll

This week, businesses across the United States take time to thank their payroll teams and reflect on all of the successful paydays of the past year. While technology has made it easier than ever for HR teams to pay their employees, crunching the numbers can still be a laborious task for payroll professionals. National Payroll Week serves as a reminder that there are dedicated professionals working hard everyday to ensure we get paid accurately and on time.

Why Paper Checks Are Here to Stay

When was the last time you waited in line to cash a paycheck? While the majority of U.S. workers are paid electronically via direct deposit, a sizeable number still prefer traditional paper checks. This summer, Namely shipped a whopping 8,200 paychecks to its payroll clients. Despite reports to the contrary, it looks like paper is here to stay.
 

A Day in the Life of a Payroll Professional: Cheri Greene

What does an HR person do all day? Every HR professional knows there’s no such thing as a “typical” day at work. In our Day in the Life series, we speak with pros from a variety of cities and industries to get a snapshot of their work lives.